Just Give Me a Reason
Pink with Nate Ruess
Writer(s): Pink, Jeff Bhasker, Nate Ruess (see lyrics here)
Released: February 6, 2013
First Charted: February 16, 2013
Peak: 13 US, 12 RR, 11 BA, 14 DG, 18 AC, 111 A40, 2 UK, 17 CN, 14 AU, 1 DF (Click for codes to charts.)
Sales (in millions): 4.41 US, 1.8 UK, 9.9 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.12 radio, 419.44 video, 1081.34 streaming
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About the Song:
Pink first charted in 2000 with the top-ten hit “There You Go.” “Just Give Me a Reason” marked Pink’s fourteenth trip to the top 10 and her fourth chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the charts in twenty-one countries overall WK and was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year. The song was the third single from her sixth album, The Truth About Love. It was her fifth platinum seller and fifth trip to the top ten of the album chart but first to go all the way to #1.
Pink and Nate Ruess wrote the song together. His group, Fun., previously topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the song “We Are Young.” Pink said the song was “a conversation…it needs the other perspective.” WK He wasn’t sure about singing with a pop star, but she tricked him into singing it by saying, “You just put the vocals down as the scratch vocal and I’ll get Gotye to sing it.” SF He said, “At the end of the day it’s so hard to argue against her because what she does is always so great.” WK
The song “is a pop ballad about the desire to hold on to a relationship even when it appears to be breaking down.” WK “The stripped-back piano piece” SF “was inspired by a hypothetical argument over butter.” SF Pink said, “Sometimes [one partner] can be like, ‘The way you passed me the butter this morning, I kinda feel like were’going to be over in a month and we need to talk’ and he’s like, ‘I just passed you the. Fucking butter, what are you talking about?’” SF
About.com’s Bill Lamb said “Just Give Me a Reason” is “a powerful, well written song that is allowed to shine by a simple, spare Jeff Bhasker production and straightforward vocals.” WK Rolling Stone’s Jody Rosen said Pink “dials back the drama, letting the melody and sentiments do their work.” WK Billboard called it “a less-schmaltzy version of those male/female duets found at the end credits of every 80s movie.” WK
First posted 7/22/2023.